A quick glance at myself in the mirror of the corridor relieved me : no war paint to be seen !
One hour later, my plastic smile had frozen, and I was about to crack up, but my ' torturer ' was not done with me !
As he said, " Just a few questions left and I'll get off the floor ".
Was he trying to be funny ? Sorry, but it was a dumb joke ! That man was a real pain in the neck !
Damn it ! Where had he found all those questions ? Some were quite normal, but others were just screwball !!
Was he a kind of mystery shopper, or was he writing the " House Hunting for dummies " handbook ?
Well, whatever his job, he had definitely ruined my day !
At last, ten minutes later he left, after telling me he would call back !
I was washed out and edgy. You know, that kind of feeling you have after taking an oral exam : you have given all your all, and then it is over, and you are drained, but yet, still a bit stressed out.
Anyway, as the saying goes, " the labourer is worthy of his hire "...
The day after, my patience was rewarded : the man phoned and said he was ready to sign a sales agreement !
Before hanging up, he dared to ask me ' a tiebreaker ' as he called it !
" Doesn't my name ring a bell ? ", he asked.
" I'm afraid not ", I answered.
" Quite normal ", he continued, " you test so many students ! Five years
ago I was one of your victims. I was studying international law, and
you were my examiner for the English oral exam. You asked me so
many questions that the first time I visited your flat and recognized
you, I decided to get back at you. That's why I pepped you with
questions , just as you did five years ago ! No hard feelings ? ".
" Of course, not", I answered, " but, by the way, did I give you a good
mark ? ".
" As good as the one I gave to your flat after my first viewing", he said.
Phew !! I must not have been such an awfully harsh teacher, then !
Now, what do you think of coincidences ? Let me know about your own experience on my mail :
Have a nice week and don't forget : BE PERKY !
For the record : some years later, my former student moved and bought a flat ....close to my mother's !